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Decca Sound: fifty CDs in the highest quality

In every shop with classical music recordings there are tons of various selections; the most beautiful romantic melodies, the best car music, an artist XY plays YX composer´s work. The set would be definitely cheaper than if you were to buy the recordings individually, but artistic quality usually drops down. Experts seeking real quality therefore refuse to listen to boxes full of CDs; unless they agree to give something a particular attention…

 

British publishing Decca Classics has existed since 1929. It chose its name according to a portable gramophone Decca Dulcephone. Decca was at the beginning of all significant technical discoveries in relation with sound transmission; their sound engineer Arthur Haddy invented a new way of sound recording called FFRR (full frequency range recording), that has later been used during introducing LP, and Decca also experienced the very first stereo recordings.

 

 

The sound quality of the publishers’ recordings has always been undoubtedly high and even more now bringing a selection that is based on the very criterion. Stumbling block of various boxes is the criterion choosing certain recordings. In case of Decca Sound set it is an exceptional quality sound; the box sometimes contains recordings of less famous composers that would, under usual commercial circumstances, be missed out.

Each CD has its own box with a cover containing most significant information on the recordings. If any recording had to be shortened due to limited extent of the gramophone records, the CD then contains another recording by the same interpret. Further the box contains a large two hundred page booklet that deals with the history of recording aiming at the past fifty years.

The Decca Sound is available for 125 USD on Amazon.
 

The box contains the following recordings: 

CD 1 – Ernest Ansermet – Falla & Debussy
CD 2 – Ataúlfo Argenta – Showpieces of Spain & Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
CD 3 – Vladimir Ashkenazy plays Rachmaninov
CD 4 – Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts Sibelius & Mussorgsky
CD 5 – Cecilia Bartoli – Italian Songs
CD 6 – Joshua Bell – Barber, Walton & Bloch
CD 7 – Herbert Blomstedt – Richard Strauss
CD 8 – Karl Böhm – Bruckner Symphony No 4
CD 9 – Willi Boskovsky – New Year’s Day Concert in Vienna
CD 10 – Benjamin Britten – Britten War Requiem
CD 11 – Riccardo Chailly – Messiaen
CD 12 – Kyung-Wha Chung – Mendelssohn & Bruch
CD 13 – Clifford Curzon – Mozart Piano Concertos
CD 14 – Christoph von Dohnányi – Schoenberg, Berg & Webern
CD 15 – Antal Doráti – Stravinsky
CD 16 – Charles Dutoit – Ravel
CD 17 – Renée Fleming – Great Opera Scenes
CD 18 – Nelson Freire – Brahms Piano Concerto No 1 & Schumann Carnaval
CD 19 – Bernard Haitink – Shostakovich Symphonies No 5 & 9
CD 20 – Christopher Hogwood – Purcell Dido & Aeneas
CD 21 – Janine Jansen – Beethoven & Britten Violin Concertos
CD 22 – Herbert von Karajan – Holst The Planets
CD 23 – Julius Katchen – Bartók, Ravel & Prokofiev Piano Concertos
CD 24 – István Kertész – Dvorák Symphonies No 8 & 9
CD 25 – David Willcocks – Haydn Nelson Mass
CD 26 – Alicia de Larrocha – Granados & Falla
CD 27 – Ute Lemper – Berlin Cabaret Songs
CD 28 – Radu Lupu – Beethoven Piano Sonatas
CD 29 – Peter Maag – Mendelssohn
CD 30 – Lorin Maazel – Respighi
CD 31 – Charles Mackerras – Janácek
CD 32 – Neville Marriner – Tchaikovsky & Grieg
CD 33 – Jean Martinon – Ibert, Bizet, Saint-Saëns & Borodin
CD 34 – Zubin Mehta – Varèse & Ives
CD 35 – Pierre Monteux – Ravel Daphnis et Chloé & Elgar Enigma Variations
CD 36 – Karl Münchinger – Bach
CD 37 – Georg Solti – Wagner The Golden Ring
CD 38 – The Three Tenors – Carreras Domingo Pavarotti in Concert
CD 39 – Joan Sutherland & Luciano Pavarotti – Puccini Turandot (highlights)
CD 40 – Philip Pickett – Susato
CD 41 – Pascal Rogé – Saint-Saëns Piano Concertos
CD 42 – Christophe Rousset – Pergolesi Stabat Mater
CD 43 – András Schiff – Bach Goldberg Variations
CD 44 – Georg Solti – Romantic Russia & Suppé
CD 45 – Georg Solti – Mahler Symphony No 8
CD 46 – Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti & Marilyn Horne – Live from Lincoln Center
CD 47 – Takács Quartet – Beethoven Late String Quartets
CD 48 – Renata Tebaldi – Puccini La Fanciulla del West (highlights)
CD 49 – Vienna Octet – Mendelssohn Octet & Beethoven Septet
CD 50 – Andrew Litton & David Hill – Walton & Parry

 

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